As might be expected with a work centered around the Book of Revelation, this book touches upon numerous adult themes.
Based on industry movie rating guidelines, an appropriate rating for this work would be “PG.”
It should be noted that, in spite of the adult themes, there is NO profanity, mild but NOT graphic violence/gore, and only mildly suggestive adult themes (generally around the character Mystery).
The book IS intended for Christian audiences and only uses the adult themes where required to tell the story – as such, it is a story I am proud to tell as a Christian writer and a father.
Full disclaimer – inside the pages of this book you’ll read about characters from The Bible who are being written about in the present day and sometimes they do things that you may consider to be outside of their biblical persona.
As a result, some might consider this book a heresy.
Although I can’t stop you from having that point of view, I would like to point out that this is a work of FICTION and just because I have written a fictional book about biblical characters or alternative ideas, it does not necessarily mean that I hold those concepts as my beliefs.
I would like to think that my faith (and yours) is strong enough to be able to ponder some of the illusive questions and unsolved mysteries that still shroud The Bible – and it is in that spirit that I wrote this fictional what-if book.
After all, as Aristotle once said…
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Why did I write such a controversial book?
I have always been fascinated with The Bible and what happened to all the characters we know and love AFTER the events of The Bible took place.
I’ve often wondered about the nails used to crucify Jesus – surely these precious (and powerful) relics must be somewhere, right? But where? And with whom?
Then there are the questions about the fate of all the people that Jesus of Nazareth raised from the dead (most notably Lazarus)…
If Jesus conquered death for them, how could they ever die again? And if Lazarus and others didn’t die then where are they NOW?
It was the process of pondering these questions and others that led me to write this book.
During the course of crafting the story the apostle John quickly became the central figure among the immortals – in fact John’s ‘voice’ became so strong that ultimately I changed the book’s point of view to John’s perspective.
Yet that only led to more questions…
- How would John feel about being an immortal who was trapped inside an old man’s body?
- What did he think about the fact that it has taken Jesus so long to return to fulfill his promises?
- Is his faith still strong as it once was?
In the end, this book became a character study on the Apostle John and the what-if scenario that might surround him if he was still alive today but had lost his faith.
If this idea intrigues you then I invite you to join me on this journey.
I’ll warn you again that inside these pages you’ll read about John and other characters from The Bible who are acting a bit differently than when you last read about them.
Two thousand years of waiting tends to change a man – sometimes in negative ways.
That said, if you will keep an open mind and enjoy the tale for what it is (a biblical adventure story), I believe you will find value in these pages. The wisdom of Proverbs and Psalms is laced throughout this book and in the end Good does defeat Evil – but perhaps not in the manner you might think.
So come along with me and let’s see what some of our old friends are up to…